As part of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering’s (CISE) commitment to broaden participation in computing (BPC), a number of NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) programs now require PIs to have a meaningful broadening participation in computing (BPC) plan at time of award. Computing departments are encouraged to develop departmental BPC plans that faculty can use in their proposals submitted to these NSF programs.

To support departments developing a Departmental BPC Plan, the Computing Research Association (CRA) is hosting a series of free workshops funded by NSF. The first three workshops in this series were held on July 13-14, 2020, August 6-7, 2020, and October 29, 2020.

The next workshop in the series will be held virtually in fall 2021.

The upcoming fall 2021 workshop will present information on Departmental BPC plans. Outside of the workshop, there will also be additional opportunities to interact with BPC Consultants via “office hour”-style sessions. Please check back later for details on how to sign up for these sessions. Participants are also encouraged to meet individually with BPC Consultants by making a free appointment on



The Departmental BPC Plan Workshops are open to computing department faculty and administrators who will be developing Departmental Plans for their department. Non-academic staff, research institute personnel, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) professionals, and leaders from other broadening participation-related organizations are also encouraged to attend. Registrants do not need to have prior experience developing Departmental BPC Plans.



The fourth workshop in this series will occur in fall 2021. More information about the timing of this workshop is forthcoming. Two “office hours”-style sessions will also occur in fall 2021 (TBD). Please check back for more information, including the registration link.

Contact more information about future workshops.


BPC Plan Workshop Series Steering Committee

Nancy Amato

Nancy Amato

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Colleen Lewis

Colleen Lewis

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tracy Camp

Tracy Camp

Colorado School of Mines

Ronald Metoyer

Ronald Metoyer

University of Notre Dame

Mary Hall

Mary Hall

University of Utah

General Logistics

This workshop will be held virtually on Zoom. Attendees will be provided information on how to join the workshop after registration closes and the attendee list is finalized. 

Technical requirements for joining the workshop are described here.

Please indicate any requests for accessibility accommodations on your workshop registration. Contact with any questions.


CRA Code of Conduct

CRA is committed to uniting industry, academia, and government to advance computer science research to positively impact the world. Key to this commitment is increasing the success and participation of computing researchers. CRA recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every individual and group to contribute to its mission. CRA embraces and encourages diversity and inclusion.

To achieve its mission, CRA provides a safe and welcoming environment, free from discrimination and harassment, for all participants in all CRA sponsored activities. Participants include, but are not limited to, attendees, sponsored attendees, guests, speakers, CRA staff, external vendors, sponsors, CRA board members, CRA committee members, CRA committee board members, faculty mentors, and student mentees. CRA sponsored activities include, but are not limited to, its workshops, conferences, Research Experiences for Undergraduates, board meetings, CRA’s work environment, all ancillary social gatherings, and on-line communications, including email and social media, and verbal communications to organize or otherwise contribute to these activities.

All CRA activity participants are required to treat each other with respect in all their behavior, e.g., speech, actions, and on-line communications.  CRA prohibits discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behavior at CRA activities includes, but is not limited to

Discrimination  Any behavior that discriminates, abuses, offends, or denigrates other participants based on race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, disability, appearance, political affiliation, religion, veteran status,  or any other personal characteristic or identity.

Sexual and Physical Harassment  Any unwelcome verbal, physical, conduct of a sexual nature, or conduct of a perceived sexual nature. For example, propositions, comments on physical appearance, offensive sexual comments, promises of favors for sexual activity, physical threats, touching, sexual assault, physical assault, and displaying of sexual images.

Harassment  Any behavior directed at individuals that intimidates, abuses, offends, disrupts, denigrates, creates psychological, physical or physiological fear, bullies, stalks, records, or in any way interferes with these individuals’ participation or responsibilities at CRA activities.

Retaliation  Any harassment directed at individuals who report or bear witness to violations or investigations of potential violations of the CRA Code of Conduct, or falsely reporting violations of the CRA Code of Conduct.

Be thoughtful in all your communications.  “Having no intent to offend” and “joking” do not make unacceptable behavior acceptable.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Participations in CRA activities is considered a privilege, not a right. CRA reserves the right to:

  • remove individuals from any CRA activity without warning and without reimbursing or refunding meeting participation costs;
  • prohibit individuals from participating in future CRA activities;
  • remove individuals from CRA leadership positions; and
  • prevent individuals from deriving benefits from CRA activities.
In addition, if it comes to CRA’s attention that someone is under investigation or has been judged by their home institution or any legal body for actions and/or behavior outside of CRA sponsored activities that do not align with the intents and purposes of the CRA code of conduct, CRA may temporarily or permanently apply these consequences.

Reporting of and Responses to Unacceptable Behavior
Targets of unacceptable behavior should first take appropriate actions to ensure their immediate safety.

Targets of unacceptable behavior should contact CRA staff and designated participants in person at on-going CRA activities or by phone or email. CRA will post the designated people and contact information for each CRA activity and additional details on reporting at this website.  These designated individuals may take immediate action on verbal reports of unacceptable behavior, such as removing an individual who may have violated the code of conduct from the CRA activity.

Targets and witnesses of unacceptable behavior are encouraged to file a formal complaint with CRA using the designated process.

CRA requests all participants to act if you notice a dangerous situation and to report violations of this code of conduct.


Below are the topics that will be covered during the summer 2021 workshop. A more detailed schedule will be available on this page at a later date.

  • Overview of BPC Plans (NSF)
  • Departmental BPC Plans Introduction (Context and Goals; Activities; Evaluation)
  • Overcoming Institutional Barriers
  • Writing Your BPC Plans and Next Steps

Workshop Preparation information for the upcoming summer 2021 workshop is not available yet. Please check back later for more updates.

If you have any questions, please contact for more information.